Super Sake Boy’s Vending Machine Surprise

A quick little sake extra note… While on Miyajima on Monday we came across a pretty traditional little Japanese eatery. Super Sake Boy let out a small squeal of delight and informed me they had sake vending machines. I was a little confused because there are sake vending machines everywhere in Japan. You can buy…

A Message of Peace and Reality

Monday morning we were up early and out the door to Hiroshima, for a day trip. There is a sense of responsibility of ensuring that the message that the people of Hiroshima want to be shared, be experienced by as many people as possible. Our third visit to the “City of Water” was as confronting,…

Takashimaya, Daimaru and Tokugawa Ieyasu

On Sunday, Mum and Ted decided they wanted to explore a bit and do some shopping. The boys decided to accompany them in to the Kyoto Station area. The girls were off on an adventure with Senki and Lancy, to Osaka, to the K-Pop town. We decided to head into Kawaramachi and get some lunch….

Antiques and Okonomiyaki

Saturday morning we had breakfast and headed out to one of the temples local to the guesthouse. This was my third visit to Kiyomizudera, Clear Water Temple, and every time it has something different to offer. I am really enjoying seeing the difference in the scenery of the places I know, in a different season….

SHU KURA… Japanese Sake Bar

After putting Mum and Teddie in a taxi home, Super Sake Boy and I retraced our steps to Shu Kura, a very beautiful sake bar that we had been recommended by the lovely boy from C&D Gin Bar on one of our previous trips. A small, simple and modern bar, this place has a seriously…

From the Eastern Capital to the Old Capital

On Friday morning we got up and had sort of planned a day in Asakusa, at Senso-Ji and then taking an afternoon shinkansen to Kyoto. We decided to drop our bags for storage in Shinagawa station, as our shinkansen was leaving from there at 3:30. Only problem was we had not for even a moment…

Ebisu Yokocho

Many areas of Tokyo have awesome “yokocho”. Yokocho means alley and these alleyways are busy and bustling and full of amazing little bars and restaurants. They are loud and vibrant and narrow and a writhing mass of humanity, in the nicest possible way. We love these yokocho and they often have excellent yakitori places with…

Japanese School Lunch

Yesterday morning I was up early, eager and nervous, to start my adventure to my school’s (where I work) sister school in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture. Chiba is next to Tokyo and not difficult to get to. Our sister school, Nambu Elementary School, is a primary school and I met the grade 6 teacher, Saeka-san, when…

Tokyo Never Disappoints

We arrived at Narita Airport around 8:30am, yesterday morning, everyone slightly disheveled and sleep deficient. Mum hates flying and the kids are not great plane sleepers…. I had more sleep than I regularly do, and we hit the ground running. JR passes efficiently processed by the lovely Hashimoto-san in the JR East office at Narita…

Super Sake Matsuri

A couple of weekends ago, Super Sake Boy and I spent the day pouring sake for sake enthusiasts at the second Melbourne Sake Matsuri. A festival organised by Revel, in a very funky space in Collingwood, Sake Matsuri offers people the opportunity to try over 90 different sakes in one place, with the added benefit…

Kunoichi… female ninja

When I think of female ninja, a picture pops into my head of a badass women, all in black, wearing tabi boots and carrying shuriken stars and swords. Sadly, this is not the reality of these women. They were definitely badass, but usually a little more understated and certainly less recognisable than their male counterparts,…

Super Sake Boy and Nihonshu Girl get serious about Sake…

Super Sake Boy and I started drinking sake together almost precisely two years ago. We had very limited experience before coming together and our journey from sake novices to sake enthusiasts has been a fun and educational one. Our two trips to Japan since becoming sake literate have definitely been enhanced by our burgeoning love…